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November 22, 2016
Tapping the Next Generation of Supercomputers to Bring Fusion Energy to the World

Scientists are developing computers that will be 50x faster than today’s by 2020, which will enable the first complete simulations of plasma.

November 14, 2016
Move Over Platinum, We Want Nickel!

Researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory developed a new catalyst for turning CO2 into fuel that is much cheaper and works much better than the platinum used today.

November 3, 2016
The Field Museum brings T-Rex Arm to Argonne
Unlocking the Secrets of T-Rex’s Tiny Arms

Scientists at Argonne National Lab used their Advanced Photon Source to analyze the inside of dinosaur bones to determine once and for all just what T-Rex's tiny arms were used for.

October 24, 2016
Tricks, Treats and Tips for a Ghoulishly Low Energy Bill

Join Energy.gov to celebrate Energyween, a spooky, week-long celebration of energy, how we use it, and what each of us can do to make our energy use more sustainable.

October 21, 2016
Scientists Accidentally Turned CO2 Into Ethanol

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory found a way to turn carbon dioxide into a fuel that can be used in vehicles today.

October 19, 2016
Aerial view of Enel Green Power North America’s Stillwater plant in Fallon, Nevada, the first triple hybrid renewable energy plant. | All photos courtesy of Enel Green Power North America, Inc.
This Hybrid Power Plant Combines 3 Clean Energy Sources in One

Engineers at Idaho National Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory helped build the world’s first triple hybrid renewable energy plant. It combines geothermal power, solar panels and concentrating solar power into one reliable energy source.

October 17, 2016
Scientists created the smallest transistor ever using molybdenum disulfide and a carbon nanotube. |  Schematic image courtesy of Sujay Desai/UC Berkeley.
Smallest. Transistor. Ever.

Research led by Berkeley Lab just broke a major barrier in transistor size by creating gate only 1 nanometer long.

October 7, 2016
H is for Hero: Five Little-Known Hydrogen Superpowers

In honor of Hydrogen Day, check out some of H2’s many uses and find out how the National Labs are studying ways to harness its powers to help solve the nation’s energy challenges.

September 28, 2016
6 Charts that Will Make You Optimistic About America’s Clean Energy Future

How wind, solar, LEDs and electric vehicles are leading the way in America's clean energy revolution, visualized in six simple charts.

September 27, 2016
This composite image offers a glimpse inside the custom system Brookhaven scientists used to create samples of materials that may pave the way for high-temperature superconductors. | Image courtesy of Brookhaven National Lab.
Room-Temp Superconductors Could Be Possible

Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory are getting closer to understanding what makes materials become superconducting at unusually high temperatures.